Wheelhouse Weekly – August 04, 2005

August 4th 2005



– Bridging the Information Gap With E-News You Can Use –

Volume 9 . . . . . Number 31 . . . . August 4, 2005






Did you miss a week? Back editions of the Wheelhouse Weekly are available in the section.


Several weeks ago it was reported that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines was switching from the EPSQ Security Clearance software to e-Qip software. However, MM&P has recently been informed that Horizon Lines will still be requiring the use of the EPSQ software until approval for the use of the e-Qip software is obtained.

A new MSC Oceanographic Facts EPSQ.pdf file has been created by Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects and e-mailed to all ports and union officials. Any mariner interested in sailing on the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels should first send a resume as an attachment to Richard Plant at He will then send the Facts pdf file via return e-mail.

The basic difference is that the EPSQ software will be utilized to print out a member’s SF 86 documents. That member must then sign the three required pages and mail the forms, along with other documentation as listed in the pdf file, to Horizon Lines. Once Horizon Lines receives the e-Qip approval, members will be notified of those new procedures. The Director of Special Projects is sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.




On a related issue, MM&P would like to recommend that all members taking a physical do so to the MSC standard. By doing this, a member opens up employment opportunities to sail on commercial as well as military chartered vessels. Commercial shipping companies will accept the MSC physical forms as will the MSC contracted companies. For those needing a copy of the MSC physical forms, e-mail Richard Plant at as the older SF 88 and SF 93 forms are now obsolete.

In any event, DO NOT send in your security clearance forms or take your MSC physical for Horizon Lines without first being instructed to do so by a representative of Horizon Lines.



MM&P-contracted Patriot Contract Services has released the preliminary dates for turnover of the eight Ready Reserve Force (RRF) vessels the company will maintain and operate under its new contract from the US Maritime Administration. These dates are for planning purposes only and are subject to change.

Preliminary RRF turnover dates:
CAPE FEAR: Sept. 10

For further info contact Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects at



MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation has a Vessel Manager’s position (Requisition Number: 05-088) open at its Oakland, CA HQ. This position plans, organizes, directs and controls the shipboard marine operations of the fleet as well as motivates and develops vessel senior staff and supervises vessel personnel.

The essential skills and experience required for this position include an unlimited USCG Master’s License or equivalent seagoing experience. Knowledge of Matson’s operationial procedures and recent sea time as Master or Chief Mate aboard containerships is preferred. Extensive knowledge of SafeNet and MS Office applications as well as completion of MITAGS courses for Matson Senior Deck Officers is also preferred along with a BS in Nautical Science or related degree.

Interested persons who believe their background is a match for this position should submit a resume to When submitting a resume, indicate the Job Title and Requisition Number.



MM&P-contracted Matson Navigation Co.’s operating profit was 23 percent higher in the second quarter. Matson recorded an operating profit of $38.7 million, up from $31.4 million a year earlier. The company said it expects little change in results for the remainder of the year but was more cautious about 2006, when Matson is scheduled to open service to China.


Six noncombatant, civilian-manned US Navy ships crewed by MM&P Licensed Deck Officers were recognized for exemplary shipboard safety programs in July. The US Navy’s Military Sealift Command gives Surface Ship Safety Awards each year to ships that maintain spotless safety records, use resources efficiently and employ proactive occupational safety and health programs.

Fleet ocean tug USNS APACHE – the highest rated ship overall – earned the 2005 Department of the Navy Safety Excellence Award in the MSC category. In addition, USNS APACHE, combat stores ship USNS CONCORD and fleet replenishment oiler USNS PATUXENT won MSC Surface Safety Awards. Fast combat support ship USNS SUPPLY, fleet replenishment oiler USNS WALTER S. DIEHL and fleet ocean tug USNS SIOUX were recognized with runners-up awards.

“These ships exemplify an aggressive safety program, which actively contributes to mishap prevention,” said Vice Adm. David Brewer III, USN, commander of Military Sealift Command. “Congratulations and bravo zulu to the masters and crews of all the winners and sincere appreciation to the runners-up for their outstanding effort in promoting occupational safety and health. They have set the standard in MSC afloat occupational safety and health for our fleet.”

Each of these ships received a plaque in recognition of their efforts, and first-place winners are authorized to display a large green “s” signifying the Surface Ship Safety Award on their bridge bulwarks.

During fiscal year 2004, NFAF ships pumped more than 149 million gallons of ship propulsion fuel and 279 million gallons of aviation fuel to US Navy and coalition surface combatants in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and other fleet missions. At the same time, they delivered more than 1.3 million square feet of dry cargo to Navy combatants in underway replenishments at sea. NFAF ships were underway or conducting port operations two out of every three days last year, reducing the need for combatants to constantly return to port to re-supply.



Published reports indicate that Washington State will reduce the number of passenger-only ferries from eight to three on Sept. 19 because the state legislature only funded three ferry runs from Vashon Island and Seattle. A weekend passenger service was eliminated in 2000. The three surviving ferries carry 70 percent of the passenger load.

A state taskforce is also being set up to study the future of passenger-only ferries. Although some ferry services are being reduced, state officials are praising the $285M federal transportation bill, which provides $2.5M for a new Bainbridge Island terminal to serve the larger Ro/Ro passenger ferries.



The USCG detained 17 ships in May, including chemical tankers operated by the world’s two biggest foreign-flag operators of deep-sea chemical carriers, for failing safety checks. The STOLT TENACITY was held on May 19 in Houston, after heavy-oil stains were found on its hull near the Oily Water Separator (OWS). An OWS is used to separate oil from water collected in the ship’s hull before the latter is pumped overboard.

The Singapore-flagged chemical tanker, BOW LION, was detained at Galena Park, TX, on May 9, because its OWS wasn’t working properly. A Greek-flagged bulk carrier was detained at Vancouver, WA, on May 19, because oil was found in the vessel’s discharge valve. The crew of the ship, the ANATOLI, didn’t know how to operate the OWS, the USCG reported.

The containership MSC ELENA was detained on May 16 at Boston, because of altered entries and improper codes found in the ship’s logbook. A second containership, VIGA, was held up at Staten Island, NY, on May 27, because excessive oil was found in the engine room’s bilge.


The US Navy has unveiled plans for a major transformation in marine navigation over the next few years, in which traditional paper nautical charts will be replaced with advanced, interactive, electronic navigation systems throughout the fleet. Once the ships complete their certification process with the new equipment, they would no longer rely on traditional paper nautical charts and manual plotting of a ship’s position.

The Navy passed an important milestone in May, when the Aegis guided-missile cruiser USS CAPE ST. GEORGE (CG 71) became the first ship to be authorized to navigate with ECDIS-N, following an extensive certification process to ensure it met the Navy’s requirements for safe navigation. Also in May, an ECDIS-N system was approved for Los Angeles class submarines, and should be certified soon.

The Electronic Chart Display and Information System – Navy (ECDIS-N) is based on Voyage Management System software programs and operates with a global database of digital charts produced by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. With ECDIS-N, mariners can see their ship’s actual real-time precise position and movement superimposed on a highly accurate electronic chart display. The result is improved safety at sea and enhanced situational awareness for the ship’s bridge watchstanders.





CLASS OPENINGS: Between now and the end of October 2005, seats are available in the following courses:

AIS – Automatic Identification System: 9/2, 10/13
ARPA – Automatic Radar Plotting Aids: 8/15, 9/26, 10/24
AZIPOD-KAM – pod and Kamewa Steering and Propulsion: 10/03

BRMP – Bridge Resource Management for Pilots: 8/9, 10/11, 11/2
BST – Basic Safety Training: 8/29, 9/26, 10/31

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]
CMM-ADVSTB – Advanced Stability: 10/3
CMM-CHS I – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 1): 8/22
CMM-CHS II – Advanced Cargo Handling (week 2): 8/15
CMM-ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display and Info Systems: 9/19, 10/17
CMM-MPP – Marine Propulsion Plants: 8/8, 10/24
CMM-SHS-ADV-I – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24
CMM-SHS-ADV-II – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 10/03, 10/31
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 1): 9/26, 10/31
CMM-SHMGT I – Ship Management (week 2): 9/19
CMM-VPEN – Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation: 10/10
CMM-ADVWX – Advanced Meteorology: 9/12, 10/31
CMM-WKP- Advanced Watchkeeping: 8/29

CONT-PLNG – Contingency Planning: 9/9, 10/7

FF-BADV – (Combined) Basic and Advanced Firefighting: 8/24, 9/26, 10/26

HAZ-Hazardous Materials (5-day): 8/8, 9/12, 10/17

LAP – License Advancement Program for C/Mate & Master upgrade only: 10/31
LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage [Evening Seminar]: 8/9, 9/21

MEDIA-RSP – Media Response: 9/8, 10/6
MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Trans Drug & Alcohol Testing: 8/20, 9/24, 10/22
MED-PIC – Medical Person-In-Charge: 8/15, 9/26
MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 8/15, 9/26 (1st week of MED-PIC)
MED-SMC – Shipboard Medical Care (4 weeks): 10/17

[MSC – Military Sealift Command]
MSC-SMA – Small Arms Training (4 day): 10/31
MSC-SMA-R – Small Arms Re-Qualification (2-day): 9/2, 11/4 (must have proof of passing all 3 weapons within 2 years)

ROP-5 – Radar Observer Original and Renewal (5-day): 8/22
ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal: 8/15, 8/20, 9/26, 10/17, 10/24

SEC-OFF-VCF – Security Officer, Vessel, Company & Facility: 9/5, 10/4
SHS-BAS – Basic Shiphandling: 10/24
SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 day): 8/29, 10/10

TPIC – Tankerman Person-In-Charge: 9/26

Check the MITAGS website at for course descriptions associated with the course title abbreviations, and schedule revisions. For class availability or info on MITAGS courses and programs, contact admissions toll-free at 866-656-5568 or Email:




August 2005

8/8-12 Radar Observer Unlimited
8/8-12 Basic Meteorology
8/8-12 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
8/15-19 Basic Safety Training
8/15-19 ECDIS
8/15-19 Ship Construction and Basic Stability
8/15-19 ARPA
8/15 Radar Renewal
8/15-17 Ship Security Officer
8/22-26 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage
8/22-9/2 GMDSS
8/23-26 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
8/29-9/2 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
8/29-9/2 Basic Shiphandling
8/30-31 MAXIMO

September 2005

9/6-9 Basic Shiphandling
9/12-16 Medical Care Provider
9/12-16 Radar Observer Unlimited
9/12-24 100 Ton OUPV (12 days Mon.-Sat.)
9/12-23 Medical Person-In-Charge
9/12-23 GMDSS
9/19-23 Basic Safety Training
9/19-23 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
9/19-23 ARPA
9/19/05 Radar Renewal
9/19-20 Search and Rescue
9/20-23 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
9/21-23 Emergency Procedures

October 2005

10/3-7 ECDIS
10/3-14 Basic Watchkeeping
10/10-12 Bridge Resource Management
10/10-10-14 Basic Safety Training
10/10-14 Tankerman Person-In-Charge
10/10-14 Emergency Shiphandling – 5 day
10/17-28 GMDSS
10/18-21 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
10/24-26 Ship Security Officer
10/24-28 ARPA
10/24 Radar Renewal
10/31 Flashing Light

November 2005

10/31-11/2 Medical Care Provider
10/31-11/11 Medical Person-In-Charge
11/7-11 TPIC
11/7-18 GMDSS
11/7-19 100 Ton OUPV
11/14-18 ECDIS
11/28-12/2 Radar Observer Unlimited
11/28-12/2 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day

December 2005

12/5-9 Medical Care Provider
12/5-9 ARPA
12/5-16 Basic Safety Training
12/5-16 GMDSS
12/5-16 Medical Person-In-Charge
12/13-16 Lifeboat/Survival Craft
12/19-21 Ship Security Officer
12/19-23 ARPA
12/19-23 Basic Shiphandling
12/26-30 Emergency Shiphandling 5-day


For registration call Jennifer Fowler 888-893-7829

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~ Reminders ~




All MM&P members are reminded that to sail aboard the T-AGS ships that MM&P-contracted Horizon Lines will be operating, you must have the required training certification and your certificates must be current in accordance with Military Sealift Command requirements. Members are also required to have had a MSC pre-employment physical and to possess Ship Security Clearance (see below).

The MSC Contract calls for all training certificates required for manning of these vessels to be no older than 5 years and that all STCW-95 courses be renewed every 5 years, or annually, as applicable.

Five-year renewable courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Safety Training, and
  • Damage Control

Small Arms certificates must be less than 1 year old.

Members interested in applying for one of the positions onboard the T-AGS vessels are advised to make sure your certificates are up to date. If not, contact Mary Matlock or Diane Ford at MITAGS Admissions, email:, and schedule to take the course(s) needed.

Those MM&P members interested in obtaining more information and facts about the T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels are asked to email the Director of Special Projects requesting the “facts sheet”. It will be provided by return email in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Members interested in employment on the T-AGS ships are asked to provide a 1-2 page resume. Please list the desired position you are seeking along with the certificates of training you possess and their dates. Upon receipt it will be forwarded to Horizon Lines and a confirmation sent back to the member. Vessel turnover commences Oct.17, 2004 and will continue until Jan.3, 2005. Crew rotations will start beginning as early as January 2005 and will continue through as late as June 2005. Positions for all ratings remain open.

The point of contact for sending a resume for employment on the Horizon Lines T-AGS Oceanographic Vessels is Richard Plant, MM&P’s Director of Special Projects. Send resumes in an email or as a Word file attachment to him at:, by fax to 410-850-0973 or by mail to:

Richard Plant, Director of Special Projects

700 Maritime Blvd.
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


Members who want to sail for Horizon Lines on the T-AGS Oceanographic Survey vessels the company is set to begin operating for MSC must have Ship Security Clearance before going aboard.

Special software must be downloaded from the US Government’s Defense Security Service to complete the Security Clearance application. You must have an Internet connection and a Windows-based computer to retrieve the application and run the program.

Go to to download the software titled “EPSQ SUBJECT2_2”.

After the software is installed and the program is launched, select “Create” from the menu bar at the top of the screen. You will be required to enter your Social Security Number and a case-sensitive password. A window titled “Type of Form” will appear.

All Deck Officers should select the first button titled “Request for Security Clearance (SF86)” and then click “OK” to go to the next screen, “Type of Investigation”.

From the “Type of Investigation” screen:

  • Masters and Radio Officers should select the first button, “Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)”.
  • All other Deck Officers (C/M, 2/M, 3/M) should click on the second button, “National Agency Check (NAC or NACLC)”.

After selecting the appropriate investigation type, click on “OK” to begin filling in the forms.

When complete and all information has been validated, click on “Communications” from the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Transmit to Security Officer”. Save the file to the hard drive on your computer using your last name (surname) as the file name. Send this file as an email attachment to Mike Bohlman at Horizon Lines, His phone number is 908-259-2803. You will need to provide Mike Bohlman with your name and the case-sensitive password you assigned to the file in order for Horizon Lines to open the file and process your Security Clearance.


Horizon Lines requests all mariners seeking employment aboard the T-AGS Oceanographic vessels to take their MSC Physical at specially-designated facilities only after being advised to do so by the Company. This is to assure that all requirements of the MSC Physical are properly met.

On Dec.6, MM&P members will begin manning the third of seven T-AGS ships operated by Horizon. The USNS SUMNER will be crewed-up in Portland, OR. MM&P wishes the crew a safe voyage and happy holidays.



Is it time to replace that car you’re driving? Vehicle loan rates are looking great at MM&P FCU.

Drive away in a new or used vehicle for a standard loan rate of:

4.75 percent for terms up to 24 months.
Standard loan rates for longer-term loans are:

5.00 percent for 25-48 months;
5.75 percent for 49-60 months ($20,000 minimum); and
6.25 percent for terms extending from 61-72 months ($25,000 minimum).
You can lower your loan rate even more — by 0.75 percent — by becoming a Preferred Borrower.

Are you paying a higher rate on your current vehicle loan at another institution? Consider refinancing your outside loan at the MM&P FCU and taking advantage of our lower loan rates.

MM&P FCU will finance up to 100 percent of your new vehicle loan, and up to 90 percent of NADA Book Value on a used vehicle. Maximum vehicle loan amount is $30,000.

MM&P FCU members can reduce the interest rate they pay on any new loan even further by becoming a preferred borrower. What is a preferred borrower? That’s a member who deposits at least 10 percent of the original loan amount into their MM&P FCU savings account and keeps those funds on deposit until the loan is paid in full. By doing this you save twice – first, your deposit works for you by earning our regular dividend savings rate, and second, you save money by reducing the interest rate on your loan by 0.75 percent.

Contact the MM&P FCU for full details on all loan programs by email to or call 1-800-382-7777 toll-free.




On Sept.30, Merck & Co. voluntarily withdrew Vioxx, a popular anti-inflammatory medication, from the market. As a result, individuals who are currently taking the drug have been asked to contact their health care professionals to discuss discontinuing use of Vioxx and possible alternative treatments.

MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports that, “We have gotten a number of calls from members who want to know what to do with their remaining supply of Vioxx and whether the Plan or NMHC will refund their co-pay for the unused portion.

“Unfortunately, neither NMHC nor the Plan was aware of the Merck decision prior to the public announcement on Sept.30. As of that date, all deliveries of Vioxx to our members was suspended in accordance with Merck’s announcement. Orders that had already been processed and were in transit could not be stopped.

“In regard to refunds, Merck has set up a website at where members can obtain information on how to recover refunds from Merck for the unused portion of medication. Members can also call following toll free number for information: 1-888-368-4699.

“We are sorry for any inc onvenience this may have caused to members currently taking this medication, however, the matter is out of the control of the Plans.”


MM&P Plans Administrator Valerie Verrecchio reports, “Good news! NMHC mail has finally gotten their website upgraded and functioning properly. I went in and tested it myself and found it to be quite user friendly.”

To use NMHC’s upgraded service, go to the NMHC Mail website at and click on “MEMBER LOGIN” at the bottom of the screen.

First-time and Registered users may bypass the welcome screen and go directly to the log-in page at

  • First-time users should then click on the link marked “NEW USER: REGISTER HERE”.
    This will take you to a page titled “MEMBER REGISTRATION” where you will need to enter demographic information and submit it by clicking on the
  • “CREATE ACCOUNT” button.

After creating your account, NMHC will email you a password to gain entry into your records. With your first sign-in, the NMHC system will prompt you to change the NMHC password to one of your own choosing.

Once you are registered at NMHC, you can check the status of open orders by logging-in to the system through the “MEMBER LOGIN” page and going into the “MAIL ORDER” menu. You can look up all prescriptions and get the price our members will pay for any medication. You can also view an order history of all of your medication transactions (both retail and mail) for the last 24 months, locate 24-hour pharmacies in your zip code region as well as access other helpful member education information.

“We hope this welcome improvement will assist our members. Although you cannot order refills on line if you don’t provide a credit or debit card number, you can phone in your refill. Once you register on the website, you will still have access to all of the other information including checking the status of your order once it is phoned in,” said Ms. Verrecchio.


The U.S. Coast Guard has announced an initiative to identify and collect the oral histories of its World War II veterans. Coast Guard WWII veterans, including SPARS and merchant mariners, are encouraged to record their histories online with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project at

Those veterans needing assistance in recording their stories can receive help from their local Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs contact by leaving a message at 1-877-875-6296, a toll-free call.



LMS Ship Management, the company that manages vessels for Central Gulf, Sulphur Carriers and Waterman Steamship, wants to remind MM&P members that they offer their crewmembers a $75 reimbursement on the cost of purchasing certain slip-resistant shoes and boots for use aboard ship.

This offer has been in place for some time and LMS reports that “we have been pleased with the participation to date, but feel a reminder may be in order.” Their goal is for every crewmember to wear slip resistant footwear during working hours aboard their vessels.

The $75 reimbursement is available to each crewmember who provides LMS with an original receipt for the purchase of slip resistant footwear. In order for the crewmember to obtain the reimbursement, they must wear the shoes while on duty. Upon presentation of the receipt, the crewmember will be reimbursed on their pay voucher. The receipt will be retained by the Master and will remain aboard the vessel.

Vessels in the LMS footwear reimbursement program are:

  • Green Cove
  • Green Dale
  • Green Lake
  • Green Point
  • Atlantic Forest
  • Sulphur Enterprise
  • Energy Enterprise
  • SGT Matej C. Kocak
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless, and
  • PFC Eugene A. Obregon

LMS notes that in order to receive reimbursement, crewmembers must purchase one of the following recommended brands:

  • WORX by Red Wing Slip Resistant Footwear
  • Caterpillar (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)
  • Wolverine (must have steel toe and slip resistant sole)
  • Dunham Sierra Work Boot EH
  • Steel Toe Voyager
  • Georgia Boot 6- or 8-inch Safety Toe Boot
  • Dr. Marten’s (must have steel toe & slip resistant sole)


Of the boots listed above, Red Wing, Caterpillar and Wolverine boots are produced by US union labor.

Redwing’s Union-made products are: Red Wing shoes and boots, Red Wing motorcycle boots and Craftsman (Sears).

Wolverine World Wide manufactures boots under the Caterpillar brand using US union labor. (Other union made safety-shoe brands by Wolverine are the company’s Hy-Test, Durashock and Bates Military labels. The company’s Wolverine brand combat boots are also produced using US union labor.)

Most Dr. Marten’s shoes and boots are produced in the UK.

To find US, union-made products, visit the AFL-CIO Union Label Service and Trades website at and click on “Union Made Product Search”. To shop for union-made products online, go to



The Union Label recently went digital with a new website offering shoppers an array of union-made gifts, from clothing and chocolates to computers, games and greeting cards.

The website,, launches on the eve of the fall and winter holidays, when shoppers will spend an estimated $1 trillion on gifts, food, drinks and other seasonal items, explained Matt Bates, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department. The all-union shopping site, however, will be a year-round operation because that is what consumers demand, he added.

“Shoppers spent $56 billion in Internet sales last year, and on-line spending is doubling every two to three years. Everyday we receive Email and calls from people who want to support good jobs by buying union-made goods and services. The website will reach millions of people, 24 hours a day, with a quick convenient way to shop union,” Bates said.

“The public is ready for this. People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference,” he added.

The AFL-CIO will target the peak of the holiday shopping season by promoting “Buy Union Week” Nov. 26 through Dec. 5. The newly-launched, all-union shopping site will be a cornerstone of that campaign. MM&P has a link to the Shop Union Site on this website under “Links and Other Sources”.

The MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly is the official electronic newsletter of the International Organization of Masters, Mates, and Pilots, ILA, AFL-CIO, 700 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights, MD 21090-1941. Phone: 410-850-8700; Fax: 410-850-0973; Email: For further info or to subscribe contact John Peige at The Wheelhouse Weekly is sent via Email to MM&P-contracted vessels at sea, broadcast worldwide via FEC marine telex and is posted on our web page.